Council Regulation (EU) 2022/428 of 15 March 2022

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/428 of 15 March 2022 amending Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine

On 15 March 2022, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2022/430, amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP and introducing further trade restrictions concerning iron and steel, as well as luxury goods. Decision (CFSP) 2022/430 expands the list of persons connected to Russia’s defence and industrial base, on whom tighter export restrictions regarding dual-use goods and technology as well as goods and technology which might contribute to the technological enhancement of Russia’s defence and security sector are imposed. Decision (CFSP) 2022/430 also imposes prohibitions targeting new investments in the Russian energy sector, as well as a comprehensive export restriction on equipment, technology and services for the energy industry in Russia, with the exception of the nuclear industry and the downstream sector of energy transport. Decision (CFSP) 2022/430 prohibits all transactions with certain state-owned companies which are already subject to refinancing restrictions. Decision (CFSP) 2022/430 also prohibits the provision of credit rating services and bans access to any subscription services in relation to credit rating activities to Russian clients. These measures fall within the scope of the Treaty and, therefore, in particular with a view to ensuring their uniform application in all Member States, regulatory action at the level of the Union is necessary. Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 should therefore be amended accordingly.

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